Provostial Working Group on Writing Instructors reaches agreement that offers enhanced job security to long-serving Writing Instructor 2s

During the last round of CUPE 3902 Unit 3 bargaining, the Union raised a number of issues related to Writing Instructors. In order to give those issues the consideration they deserved, the Union and the Employer agreed to create a joint working group on Writing Instructors that would convene outside of the regular bargaining cycle, but that would nonetheless have the power to recommend revisions to the Collective Agreement that could take effect during the life of the current agreement itself.

The members of the Provostial Working Group on Writing Instructors are pleased to announce that the group has completed its work, having reached an agreement that offers enhanced job security to long-serving Writing Instructor 2s.

The memorandum, which will be incorporated in the Unit 3 Collective Agreement as Appendix B-2, makes a commitment to offer future contracts to certain writing instructors.

Under the terms of the memorandum, those Writing Instructor 2s who have served at that rank for at least five consecutive years in a single Writing Centre, with a minimum average of 300 hours per academic year based on the three most recent years in that Writing Centre, will be granted priority for employment in the three consecutive years following achievement of eligibility. Having priority means that each year, such WI2s will be offered a contract of no fewer than 300 hours, normally over two-terms, in each of the next three consecutive academic years. Priority will be renewed if the WI2 continues to demonstrate superior performance. Seven long-serving WI2s will immediately benefit from this program starting in the 2016-17 academic year.

The establishment of this agreement, which marks a positive step forward with respect to job security for long-serving WI2s, would not have been possible without the hard work of all parties involved, and especially not without the open and collegial discussions between Writing Centre Directors and Unit 3 Writing Instructors that attended this work.

CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Writing instructors can contact the Vice-Chair of Unit 3 for CUPE 3902, Erin Black ( for further information.

Writing Centre directors can contact the Manager of Labour Relations Operations, Mikael Swayze ( for further information.

Graduate Student Bursary Fund – Disbursement emails

We have now contacted all members that we have determined may be eligible for the Graduate Student Bursary Fund (GSBF) for the September 2014 – August 2015 academic year through their University of Toronto email accounts. These personalized disbursement emails outline the next steps to take to claim any funds you may be eligible for.

This fund will top up 2014-15 funding to $17,000 + tuition and fees for anyone who had Unit 1 work (TA, CI, CPO, etc.) during that year.  If you believe you are eligible for the GSBF for the 2014-15 academic year and have not received a disbursement email from the Union, please check all of your U of T email accounts, including junk and spam folders.  If you cannot find the email anywhere and you believe that you are eligible, please see this form.

Please pass on this message to anyone you know who was enrolled in the 2014-15 academic year and may have been eligible, especially if they’re no longer enrolled at UofT.



Due to unforeseen circumstances and some scheduling conflicts, this meeting was cancelled. It will be rescheduled as soon as it’s practical, and all agenda items will remain on the agenda.

Please remember to join us for a summer General Membership Meeting next Monday evening, 11 July, from 5.30 to 8.30 p.m. in Galbraith 120.

As always, food will be served, childcare expenses can be reimbursed and the space is physically accessible. If you need any other accommodation to help you participate, please do not hesitate to let us know.

To view the meeting agenda, please click on the following link: GMM AGENDA – 11 JULY 2016

To view the proposed bylaw amendments for the 11 July 2016 GMM, please click on the following link: Proposed Bylaw Amendments for 11 July 2016 GMM

To view a summary of the Rules of order, please click on the following link: Rules of Order

Resolution to Graduate Student Bursary Fund Dispute

We are pleased to announce that the University of Toronto has offered a financial settlement to resolve our Unfair Labour Practice Complaint (i.e. the allegation that they failed to bargain in good faith). The Union has accepted the settlement. In addition to substantial new money toward the Graduate Student Bursary Fund (GSBF) which allows it to achieve close to its intended goal, this settlement also finally includes clear, complete, accurate and thoroughly inspected data about the funding packages our members receive.

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CUPE Local 3902 stands in solidarity with the community of Attawapiskat, the occupation of the INAC (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) Toronto office, and with the occupation of INAC offices across the country including, to date, Winnipeg and Vancouver.  Attawapiskat First Nation is in the midst of horrifying crisis, with 11 suicide attempts on the Saturday before last alone, and 101 suicide attempts since September.  This is a crisis that is by no means limited to Attawapiskat, a crisis that is a direct result of Canada’s historical and ongoing colonization of indigenous peoples.  The youth suicide crisis cannot be separated from the harm done to these communities by the legacy of residential schools, and the crisis of missing and murdered aboriginal women.